Steve Sarkisian has 'pretty good idea' who will start for Texas at QB

Steve Sarkisian has ‘pretty good idea’ who will start for Texas at QB

“[Sports Information Director John] Bianco promised you’d name a quarterback today. Is that true?” a reporter asked Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian on Thursday.

“I can name all five,” Sarkisian joked.

The Texas head coach ultimately did not name all five quarterbacks and publicly declined to name a starter during his media availability, but he did reveal that he has “a pretty good idea” of which quarterback he will name the starter between sophomore redshirt Hudson Card and redshirt freshman. Quinn Ewers.

“I want to give these guys a chance to compete, so we’re going to do that,” Sarkisian said as Saturday’s second scrimmage approached.

When Sarkisian makes his decision, he plans to give the starting quarterback all first-team reps indefinitely without any discussion of playing Card and Ewers in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, though it certainly profiles as a game in which Texas would have to create enough separation for the backup to see some action.

That’s a potential change from last season when Sarkisian made public his plan to use both quarterbacks in the opener, which ultimately helped Casey Thompson beat Card after Card started against Louisiana and Arkansas.

But the main difference this year is that Card has experience with Sarkisian’s attack.

“Last year it was difficult to have two players who were new to the [offensive] system, and that’s always tough, especially if one of them isn’t a returning starter who’s really been on fire,” Sarkisian told ESPN this week. “This year, although they’re new, Hudson has a bit of experience and Quinn comes from another program. The reality is Quinn should really be a freshman in college. He reclassified after preseason camp started. It was kind of a season change for him.”

Discussion of Card’s experience, along with Card taking first-team reps during Tuesday’s open practice, indicates that the Lake Travis product is likely to win the runway when Sarkisian decides to officially end the competition to take the opener. start. Experience matters, and despite Card’s poor decision-making on Tuesday that led to numerous interceptions, he is generally regarded as the better game manager at this point in Ewers’ career.

Of course the competition isn’t over yet, Ewers should improve more quickly during the season given his youth, and if Card wins the job but hasn’t improved his pocket presence and eye discipline since last year, Sarkisian may need to turn to his back again -upping.

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